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Introducing myself and my journal: Pasando La Palabra, Word and Deed

About Me:
I am a great grandmother, principle of FM Global/Hitec Aztec Communications & Creative Collaborations, Elders of Four Colors and Four Directions, Mescalero Apache/Chicana, Writer, Poet, Networker, Archivist, from California and New Mexico. My purpose is to bridge people and projects from many countries and serve as a mentor to many individuals and organizations, especially via cyberspace, green projects, survival, human rights, and peace. Alma Mater: SFSU, Stanford, DQU/LUPE Library, and like Frieda Kahlo inspired, I like putting a little pink here and a little green there, and watch what happens!

My Passions:
Communications, Talent Search, Bringing People Together.

My Challenges:
To master the technology of the computer, I call ourselves Hitec Aztec and then admit to being a lowtek Toltek!

My Vision for the Future:
Clean Air, Water, Gardens of every flower, plants... and lots of fruit, and All Our Relations. We have developed a "School the Youth On Truth" Time Capsule, l968-2008-2048, honoring our 40th Years as a Friendship Circle of Peace Advocates.

My Areas of Expertise:
The Whose Who of Peace Advocates, Yesterday and Today, and offering stepping stones for future leaders of the generations to come.

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katea's picture

Hola Dorinda

Como esta? :) I am a great admirer of Ameridian culture. Me and my cousin read a lot on Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, Anasazi etc. I'm so excited to hear from you and read everything that you will post!

warmly,
Katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Dorinda Moreno's picture

Maya and Indigenous cultures

hola again katea, actually i thought you were another friend who i am in a group 'growing', she is a green person, works on coop farms. what a nice surprise that you are close in names, and it is you, another friend in the phillipines. katia is originally from costa rica and works in louisiana near new orleans. i jumped to conclusions, but am inspired by your work and interests. actually, i started teaching my first women's class in l970, can you imagine? we introduced women's studies along with native american, black, asian and la raza. in fact, my dear friends from that era are celebrating our 40th year of impacting women's and ethnic studies, and my partner in coordination, mignon geli, are putting on a festival in april for earth day, is filipino.

at our time then, the term was endearingly changed to 'pilipino', is the term archaic now? it was meant as a source of pride, like 'black' instead of the then common usage, negro... and, if you google richard oakes of the alcatraz occupation, that is who we are honoring as he like mahatma gandhi, martin luther king jr, malcolm x, mother teresa, princess diana, cesar chavez, gave their life to serving the voiceless. if it is possible, i can forward you through my server and if you will send your email, i can send you the event information. it will be an all day pow wow, and night concert of native music and dance, drum and flute, of which mignon a performer and musician.

when i finish with this event, must get on with our plan for panama and cuba, as the first delegates after president obama lifts the embargo. it is a good time, after a rough 8 years. much to do.

dorinda

katea's picture

Maya and Indigenous Cultures

Hola!
I am actually hoping I will get in in this Gender Programme in Netherlands. I wanted to study Gender and Women's Studies originally at Universidad de Granada in Spain but my Spanish is not good enough so I had to choose an English-speaking university. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and praying that I will be accepted to study there. I got to visit Mexico, in Queretaro and Mexico City about 2 years ago when I attended a young women's conference. It sounds weird but I felt like I belong there. Since I'm Filipino, I also look very Mexican. :) I read novels of Pre-historic America and I love how the archeologists wrote them.

I listen to a Native American meditation CD which never fails to to put me to a semi-trance state or calmness and silence.

Please do update me on the events and projects you work on. My email is kate_alyzon(at)yahoo(dot)com I hope to attend one of the events in the near future.

muchos gracias,
katea

Poverty is man-made that we can undo.

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Wow

How I wish we lived closer since that sounds like a great event! One of my daughters is very fascinated by the Mayans and will be thrilled to hear I met one! Wishing you all the peace all your hard work will bring!

Maria

maria, where are you? actually, i am chicana and mescalero apache, but we seem in this new age of blending all the native thoughts and histories, into a modern ethic of saving our planet and dealing with the toxic wastes and respecting mother earth. we redefine the culture in the value of restoration and freindship development as one world, one planet, and we are all in it together. many colors, all ages. many drum beats, one heart!
good to meet you, my special hello to your loved one.
may she continue learning of all cultures. i must build a blog. need help.
but, through this venue, we shall learn together.
dorinda

Maria de Chirikof's picture

Hi again

I am an Aleut from Anchorage but my mother was from Attu Island, the very last on that long chain. I have to smile since I am sure she will be just as thrilled to hear I met you but we will need to look up which areas it means though. But it is true that we are all blending together as a family group. It is thrilling to meet sisters from all over the world!

It is so funny since I was just thinking today about meeting other woman and how we would be the four directions. I think half my mind was thinking of that movie The Golden Child where evil needs to surround someone good by each direction and I thought why not use our powerful love for others to be a protection against evil. I was thinking even if they don't remember our names or exactly where we are from they just easily remember me as the one from way up north somewhere with the 4 girls. I often get goofy thoughts like that but usually don't post them! But it was funny and made me smile when I saw your subject line.

Maria

"Hi again," Maria de Chirikof wrote:

I am an Aleut from Anchorage but my mother was from Attu Island, the very last on that long chain. I have to smile since I am sure she will be just as thrilled to hear I met you but we will need to look up which areas it means though. But it is true that we are all blending together as a family group. It is thrilling to meet sisters from all over the world!

It is so funny since I was just thinking today about meeting other woman and how we would be the four directions. I think half my mind was thinking of that movie The Golden Child where evil needs to surround someone good by each direction and I thought why not use our powerful love for others to be a protection against evil. I was thinking even if they don't remember our names or exactly where we are from they just easily remember me as the one from way up north somewhere with the 4 girls. I often get goofy thoughts like that but usually don't post them! But it was funny and made me smile when I saw your subject line.

Maria

Hello Maria, I am also thrilled at meeting you and sharing our dreams that shall transpire from our commitment of purpose.

My circle of friends from that area of the world and throughout time, indeed bring a tear and a smile to my heart. In their memory and contributions, i send a heartfelt salute as I know they are each smiling over our connecting and they are our strengths: Paul Goodlawtaw (AIM/P&DJ) RIP, Eskimo; Mary Tall Mountain (Poet) RIP, Athabascan; Darlene 'Girlie' Standing Alone (Blood) Canada; Joe Bill (Eskimo), Hooper, Alaska; each holds a special place in history and my life, and also Kim and son, who stayed with my cousin in New Mexico, driving from Alaska to Mexico City. Kim was so pleased to sleep in a bed and not her car, when we met briefly in Las Cruces, I had also driven from my home in California to accompany the Sacred Run across the border continuing their journey south to the temples of Teotihuacan, where they would meet with indigenous leaders from throughout the America's, during the anti-Quincentenary actions, 1492-1992, and every 4 years thereafter the run is repeated. This would make a compelling documentary indeed, just gathering their stories and how each did their part in bringing about the changes this generation is experiencing from the strugges of their parents, elders, and era's before now.

Many students and leaders have come from Alaska and Canada, to participate in the native gatherings that would restore the broken treaties. And, during the time I was at SF State, during the Alcatraz Occupation, with the great leader Richard Oakes, who we are having an honoring for on Earth Day, April 25th in Georgetown, at the Sierra Foothills, (how nice if you could journey here (do fundraising at home and community events for getting you and a delegation here), to witness history and our 40 year commemorations of 'School the Youth on Truth', events and gatherings.

During this time, we observed on such films as the Billy Jack series, Little Big Man, and they seemed off mark to a large extent and from an outside looking in, point of view. Then there was "Dancing With Wolves", and the book, Running With the Wolves - and though i must revisit Golden Child, the film that spoke to me for children that I recall ordering for our first gathering 4 decades ago was based on a newberry prize winner, Island of the Blue Dolphins, the story of survival of a lone girl and her brother, that was a factual account of a native from the north whose story was written from newspaper accounts of her tragedy being left when her village was evacuated and she was accidentally left as she opted staying behind to care for her sibling that for whatever reason did not make the evacuation. I must revisit that book and film, and encourage it for the young. And, today, after seeing The Whale Rider, from New Zealand, it is a beautiful allegory to that girls and women, keep the strength of the culture, even when having to challenge and reframe tradition, for keeping the values and respect in egalitarian ways for continuing the new traditions we are responsible in upholding.

Maria, it is good that we can dream outloud and bring new understandings, visions, and projects into the light, and change the course of what can be a harsh world when the full strengths of all our beings aren't recognized and supported. You have a powerful role to play and actualize, that is certain. I am honored in coming to know you.

Sincerely
Dorinda Moreno

ENIE NDOH CECILE's picture

Publisher

Hi Dorindo.

I wanted to find out if you have already published any of your poems.
I am on the verge of publishing my first poetry book - 'Societal Poems' with 40 poems.
Some of them have been posted here in this community especially in the group Poetry and other Writings.

I guess i'm still a novice in the field of book publishing as such, a publisher has shown interest but i'm still sceptical about their offer for i really wanted to strike a good deal and would want to use one i am quite sure of if i know of someone who have worked with them before.

My regards and sincere wishes

rlerma2009's picture

Hola, long time no see :)

Dorinda, if your are the Dorinda I looking for, you know me. We are commadres from back in the day. How are you, where are you? I am visiting in SF and will be here for a few days. call me at 415 377 7430. Un brazo grande, Rebecca

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